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The most effective way to improve your own skills in photography, or indeed in any sphere of life, is to observe and learn from others who are more experienced and accomplished than you. The aim of this talk (by MGHM) was to examine the methods and motives of a group of photographers who are regarded by their fellow practitioners as masters of the field. The work of such famous photographers is immensely diverse, and it is affected by their subject matter, their equipment, their philosophy and upbringing, and by the compositional techniques that they use. All aspects of their work can inform and inspire us to produce better images ourselves, both technically and emotionally. The lives and works of Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton and David Bailey were chosen because their names start with the letters A and B, and the hope is to work through the alphabet with similar talks in the future. The next talk will include the works of the legends Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose influence on photography and culture cannot be overstated.

William Pelham (JDN)

DATE POSTED: 01 December 2009

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